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KUT, Iraq — Available: One cozy honeymoon suite with desert view, free rent, and meals included.

Some customers have complained that the occasional rocket attack ruins a romantic night, but, hey, it’s a war zone – what do you expect?

At little Forward Operating Base Delta in southern Iraq, at least two couples are newlyweds, spending their first year of marriage in tiny trailers with walls thin enough to hear a conversation next door.

And they don’t mind.

"Sometimes I’ll start complaining about something or he’ll start complaining about something, then we’ll look at each other. I’ll stop and say, ‘We get to see each other every single day,’ " said 1st Lt. Stephanie Christopher.

She and 1st. Lt. Adrian Christopher married last March, nine months after they met at an exercise in Indiana.

Their next-door neighbors are Capts. Jose and Tracy Leon, who married last May, about a year after meeting at Fort Gordon, Ga.

"Sometimes you feel kind of bad because you’re here with your spouse and other people aren’t," said Tracy, 29.

Their trailers are large enough for little more than two twin beds — pushed together, of course — and some plastic storage bins.

But both couples say they haven’t fought much, despite the cramped quarters.

"I thought we would have a lot more conflicts, living as a newlywed couple in a confined area," said Adrian, 27.

"There’s not much time to fight," Stephanie said.

Multi National Corps — Iraq doesn’t track how many married couples are deployed together to Iraq.

But here, with only around 2,000 U.S. troops, 12 married couples are stationed together.

There were 13 until a few weeks ago, when one spouse was deployed back to the United States.

Both the Christophers and the Leons said they were deployed together through a combination of sympathetic commanders and strategic planning to get into the same unit.

The Christophers, members of the 41st Fires Brigade, expected to be apart for 18 months.

Stephanie deployed last April to Camp Bucca, and Adrian deployed to Delta three months later.

But Stephanie was able to transfer to Delta, and has extended her deployment for three months so she can be with her husband during his entire tour in Iraq.

In public, they treat each other as fellow lieutenants, with no touching, kissing or words of endearment allowed.

But they provide a support system for each other off-duty.

When Adrian was going through a particularly busy stretch and getting only a few hours of sleep each night, Stephanie picked up his meals and laundry.

"He’s my rock, you know. He’s the best part of my day," Stephanie said.

Jose Leon, 33, said he was so busy during previous deployments that he didn’t mind not having a significant other with him.

But he likes having someone to go home to at the end of the day.

"It doesn’t matter how small the room is, as long as you’ve got company," he said. "I don’t miss home, because home is here."

The Leons and Christophers said more military couples would chose to go to Iraq together if they could.

"More people might stay in if they got to deploy with their spouse," Tracy said.

As for the lack of privacy, they say it’s something they get used to.

And, spending your honeymoon in a trailer in Iraq has at least one benefit.

"We probably won’t mind living in a tiny house," Adrian said.


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